Southampton are back for the second home match in succession in the Premier League, hosting Norwich at St Mary's. Get set for the Wednesday night fixture with our Match Pack in association with eToro...
Southampton vs Norwich
Wednesday 4th December, 7.30pm GMT
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Mark Scholes, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Lee Swabey
VAR: Simon Hooper
Assistant VAR: Andy Garratt
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Southampton began what is seemingly a vital run of fixtures before Christmas with an all-important first home win of the season over Watford.
Facing four sides in the bottom eight before the turn of the year, a second successive home win on Wednesday night could see Saints climb out of the bottom three.
Currently two points from safety, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side will face a Norwich team who sit just one place and one point below them.
With a draw and a win from their last two outings, the Canaries will head to St Mary’s in buoyant mood.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl will have to wait to learn the fitness of winger Sofiane Boufal.
The Moroccan played a starring role off the bench against Watford last time out to help inspire victory but aggravated a toe injury in the process.
Missing training on Tuesday, Boufal could be forced to start amongst the substitutes once again. Otherwise, Saints’ only confirmed absentee is Stuart Armstrong who continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
For Norwich, they head to St Mary’s boosted by the return of Alex Tettey, who is available once again.
Despite the Norwegian’s availability, the visitors will still be without the likes of Grant Hanley, Timm Klose and Josip Drmic due to injury.
Watford (h) W 2-1 (Ings, Ward-Prowse)
Arsenal (a) D 2-2 (Ings, Ward-Prowse)
Everton (h) L 1-2 (Ings)
Man City (a) L 1-2 (Ward-Prowse)
Man City (a) L 1-3 (Stephens) (Carabao Cup)
Arsenal (h) D 2-2 (Pukki, Cantwell)
Everton (a) W 2-0 (Cantwell, Srbeny)
Watford (h) L 0-2
Brighton (a) L 0-2
Man United (h) L 1-3 (Hernández)
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “I still love my job here and I think the way we showed how committed we are in the last month has been special for me.
“It has given me the signal that it was absolutely the right decision for me to come here.
It’s a special club and we know about the difficulties of our way, but we go this way together and there is a chance for us to develop young players and to make them better.”
Daniel Farke: “They [Southampton] will be desperate to build some momentum after their first home win. They are on the up and will be aggressive and motivated. They are a good pressing team.
“It's maybe too early to say we're on an unbeaten run. But we want to build on this. We can't win each and every game but it's good for our mentality to fight for a point.”
ONE TO WATCH
Danny Ings: Quite simply, Ings can’t stop scoring. With a goal in each of the last three games and eight in his last nine outings, the striker is in the form of his life.
Already bettering his tally for the whole of last season, the 27-year-old is now on nine goals in all competitions and leading the assault for Saints.
Todd Cantwell: In a similar rich vein of scoring form is Cantwell, who heads to the south coast with two goals in as many games.
Featuring as part of a three-man attacking midfield in behind Teemu Pukki, the Norwich academy graduate likes to get up in support of the Finnish striker.
Inclusive of all competitions
Danny Ings 9
James Ward-Prowse 4
Moussa Djenepo 2
Sofiane Boufal 3
Danny Ings 3
James Ward-Prowse 2
Teemu Pukki 7
Todd Cantwell 4
Josip Drmic 1
Emiliano Buendía 4
Teemu Pukki 3
Todd Cantwell 2
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
January 2017: Saints 1-0 Norwich (Long)
Jan 2017: Norwich 2-2 Saints (Van Dijk, Yoshida)
Jan 2016: Norwich 1-0 Saints
August 2015: Saints 3-0 Norwich (Pelle, Tadić)
March 2014: Saints 4-2 Norwich (Schneiderlin, Lambert, Rodriguez, Gallagher)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton have lost just one of their last 13 home games against Norwich in all competitions (W8 D4), winning the last three in a row against them at St Mary’s.
- Danny Ings has scored in his last three Premier League games for Southampton – the last player to score in four consecutive appearances for the Saints was Jay Rodriguez in March 2014.
- Away from home, Norwich are winless in their last 14 evening Premier League matches (D5 L9) since beating local rivals Ipswich 2-1 in September 1994.
- Southampton’s last 10 Premier League goals have been scored by either Danny Ings (6) or James Ward-Prowse (4).
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